My park attack horror

Mr Jack Burrows who was attacked in Ightenhill Park.'Photo Ben Parsons
Mr Jack Burrows who was attacked in Ightenhill Park.'Photo Ben Parsons

A BURNLEY grandad has been told he may need plastic surgery on his face after he was viciously attacked in a park.

Mr Jack Burrows (63), of Herschel Avenue, Ightenhill, was making his way home from Ighten Leigh Social Club through Ightenhill Park when he was jumped by up to three youths on Sunday, June 5th.

He was left covered in blood and may need a skin graft to repair a deep wound underneath his nose.

He said: “I was walking around the park and there were either two or three of them at the bottom of Southern Avenue. I just said ‘all right lads’.

“No sooner had they walked past me then one of them smacked me on the back of the head and knocked me to the ground. Then they just started booting me. I covered myself up but I thought if I stay here any longer they’ll carry on.”

Brave Mr Burrows, who is the steward at the club, managed to escape and hit one of his attackers causing them to flee before staggering home to his shocked wife Susan (63).

He was left with cuts all over his face, a deep gash under his nose, black eye and bruises all over his body.

He branded the culprits “out and out thugs” and said he has been left shaken by his ordeal. Mr Burrows was taken to the urgent care centre at Burnley General Hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.

“They just don’t give a monkey’s. I’ve been walking that way home for 40 years and never had any trouble before. I don’t want to put people off visiting the park but they just need to be wary

“I was compos mentis right through this kicking. I was protecting my head. I never actually lost consciousness.”

Mr Burrows’ sister, Ann Bentley, said: “I can’t imagine anybody wanting to beat him up he’s such a lovely guy. It’s horrible and so upsetting. Everyone in the club has been asking about him.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed officers are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact Burnley police on 01282 425001 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.